A airstone is an essential part of your fish tank. It helps maintain the pH balance, and it also provides oxygen to the water. However, there are many kinds of airstones available in the market, and most people are confused about which type to buy. Here’s a brief explanation of the different types of airstones that are available in the market today.
What is Airstone?
A airstone is a small device that mimics the action of underwater sand. It’s powered by air pressure, and it merely provides oxygen to your fish tank without creating bubbles like you would find with an air pump. Airstones are lightweight compared to other products on the market today; they also do not create foam or bubbles in water unlike most available pumps on the market today which provide similar functions – for replacement purposes, look at options other than air pumps.
How Do Aquarium Air Stones Work?
First of all, understand that it doesn’t create bubbles like an air pump. It merely brings oxygen and helps make the water more aerated under gravity and through acceleration – in these processes, the water’s heat is circulated to lower temperatures where they can then absorb carbon dioxide into its composition causing them not to be heavier than ambient waters.
Benefits of air stones in the aquarium
Air stones provide oxygen to the aquarium. This helps the fish to breathe and removes any carbon dioxide produced by fishes. They can be used as an alternative for water bubbling or aeration devices if not all of the surface area is covered with bubbles. Air stones can be used to keep the water from being too acidic or alkaline because they pull oxygen into the water column. Lastly, air stones do not produce foam within an aquarium as other products on the market today.
Do I Need An Air Stone?
An air stone does not need to be added to a filter. It is only needed if the filter needs more aeration to prevent harmful bacteria from clogging the filter. If you do not add the air stone, then your filtration system is filtering bacteria and fungus from inside your tank which can establish a cycle of growth that leads to poor water quality. A different problem would be filters clogging with algae if they had no aeration whatsoever, but an air stone works on a slightly different level of pH/nitrogen cycles caused by too much or too little oxygen for fish health.
Types of Air Stones
Air stones are rocks that are used to circulate air in an aquarium. They can also be used to aerate soil, or be used as part of a bubbling filter. Air stones come in different shapes and sizes, depending on what your needs are. Air stones are classified into two types: ceramic and carbon.
Ceramic air stones have a great design to withstand high temperatures, however they need maintenance products in order to keep them cleaner for higher output rates. These include the supply of sediment, vitamins C & D3 (to become alpha-tocopherol) and specialized cleaning chemicals like soft bristle toothbrush or double brushed electrically charged nylon brush like Fluval Seed Bed Brush , Bandit Aquatics Brush , etc. Besides, these stones also function as biological filters with lichen which release their oils when they dissolve in water; the proteins clump together and create bio-coats on surfaces creating microorganisms necessary for decomposing organic wastes (dissolved organics like food scraps).
Meanwhile, carbon air stones are mostly for air based bubblers. They are usually made of porous material comprising dissolving materials with the use of baking soda, then they are coated in flux or binder to create a better surface by which aquarium owners can maintain it using special additives that remove calcium deposits in water thereby increasing oxygen levels in an under-oxygenated tank .
The central difference between these two types is how much the user has to carry out maintenance when used as biological filtration. These water-based air stones need no power source and can be submerged in an aquarium’s main tank to ensure a good level of aeration. But, the carbon type needs direct maintenance so they should be removed and rinsed frequently depending on brand consumption.
How often should I clean my airstone?
The airstone should be cleaned on a regular basis. If the aquarium is not properly filtered, a buildup of debris can cause the air bubbles from the airstone to become contaminated. In addition, if you have an abundance of algae in your tank, it can block some of the oxygen from getting into the tank and asphyxiate your fish.
Chindle build up is a very common problem with airstones. Unfortunately, this issue is also one of the most difficult to overcome! Chortle build ups that build on the inside or outside can be cleared away by a simple vinegar rinse and then lit off for about 5 seconds periodically until it stops blowing bubbles again from being carbonized from oxidation. However, some air stones do have floating “anti-fouling” compounds so they won ‘t absorb this parasitic rust. These air stones are so effective at Carbon Deposition, they eventually will not be able to continue providing the desired output of oxygen consumption for your system’s water conditions. Some brands have already run into these problems and adjusted their formulas with anti-fouling materials that inhibit Chortle build up on the inside or outside of each tiny bubble it creates!
Can I use it with my fish?
You can use an airstone in a fish tank, but you should not place it directly on the bottom of the tank. It is recommended that you set up a tube from the airstone to a sponge filter or powerhead so that it will be able to clean and oxygenate your aquarium’s water. That said, that is not where your airstone should get its minerals/water out of the water and oxygen; They must do this through a biological process. That said, you can place an airstone directly on top of some live plants in the aquarium if it will aid significant growth for your fish like: Fishes or Salvini (Pleco), but remember to punch holes and give them enough room to grow. You may want to consider putting them in a rock or clay pot if they are still very young. If you use airstones all over the floor of your aquarium, it will prevent proper spillage and maintenance can be difficult if too much is used. The bottom’s vegetation should float on top of the water giving you areas to net for nutrient removal or pruning/cutting back for cleaning without harming anything below it.